Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale
Very Good
3,650 Ratings
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 3,650 |  Reviews: 1,408
Photo of LucienDeRubempre
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Loughrey
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of lumpy1126
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of JonReilly
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Backlash209
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of BoSean_Rodriguez
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of DirtyDanglr66
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of mbrando33
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all-time favorite beers. Rich and hearty in flavor with a quick hint of cloves at the first taste, with other lingering holiday spices throughout. It's got a malty finish and almost creamy texture. I do wish Sam Adams would re-release this in a six-pack, which they did years ago. Unfortunately, we have to buy the twelve pack just to get a couple bottles of it. Give it a try this Christmas, and I think you'll agree it's like Sam Adams somehow managed to pour the holidays into a bottle. Cheers!

 507 characters

Photo of JoeBloe
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of athouve1
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of 08Deltadawn8
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of CoconutLove
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of ZacharyJ
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of BierBliss
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It really does smell like Christmas spices used in pies and gingerbread cookies. Taste like it smells but with rich sweet chocolate malts with some cinnamon flavor and the ginger taste. The orange peel ginger and dry cinnamon taste comes together at the end. As it starts to warms the spices really come out more and it creates a warm sensation. Has a good mouthfeel its thick and rich.

This is like Winter Lager but better. Its a special one to get from Samuel Adams. A lot of taste for not that high of an alcohol content. I know its cliche but they should really release this beer as their winter seasonal beer. The winter lager is good but that is almost like the lighter safer version of this. Its easy to drink plus has a full flavor taste that you would expect out of a high end craft beer.

 799 characters

Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of nsschwab
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Cichowski
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cheers2u2
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of pzrhsau
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Fabulous deep reddish brown color with a good sized head and retention.
Smell: Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices balanced with the scent of the malt.
Taste: Very complex but very balanced as well. I felt like i was eating a nice doughy Christmas cookie. You get a really great combination of spices and the malt flavor that really makes it feel like a cookie. Great to drink with dessert.
Drinkability/mouthfeel: Great winter warmer, easy to drink but carries some weight to it. I wish Sam Adams would sell this in 6 packs. It's not that i don't enjoy the mix pack, I just don't want to buy 12 beers to get 2 that I really enjoy. Overall, in my opinion, this is the best beer the Sam Adams brewery produces.

 731 characters

Photo of Arvo
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Super_P34
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of SMM0606
5/5  rDev +32.6%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 3,650 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.